So I’m currently on Wattpad, Inkitt, and Radish. And first, I’ll start out by saying I like Wattpad the most when it comes to the app and customer service, but that I feel opportunities are harder to come by here. So it’s kind of dependent on what you want out of sharing your work.
I’m going to address this right quick, because I feel like your post is making Inkitt sound ominous when it’s not.
To the “data mining” point, they didn’t give any real detail, but it sounds like they’re doing exactly what every social media site ever is doing. All sites collect data. How they’re using that data and what it has to do with that bar? I don’t know. But if you’re not worried about Wattpad or any sort of social media, there’s no need to be worried about Inkitt either.
And to the “popular” point, yes. Inkitt is big on romance, and romance often goes hand in hand with particular tropes and shirtless guys. Wattpad does a much better job of getting more diversity in every sense of the word out there - genres, characters, experiences, etc. So if you’re not writing romance, Inkitt likely won’t be for you, but you can still give it a shot.
So I was just invited to Radish recently and I still haven’t even finished going through the legal stuff I’m very torn about doing it, so I don’t have a lot to go off of yet.
They’re an invite only site, so you can apply to write there but they have to accept you. I was rejected multiple times before submitting my most recent work and being accepted.
If you’re invited, you’re automatically eligible to be a paid writer, but it depends on exclusivity, how much of the work is already available elsewhere, etc. Promotion is entirely on you. They do help sometimes, but they even say to not rely on them. I’m not sure how they treat writers yet as I haven’t gotten that far.
Radish, from what I’ve seen, is also mostly romance. That being said, my romance series was rejected and a general fiction story (it’s like a dark chicklit/tiny bit of sci fi) was accepted. Maybe they’re trying to branch out more.
Overall, I’d say Wattpad is the best experience. They have the easiest app to navigate, their staff is very communicative, their community is very open and friendly for the most part, and there’s a huge audience out there. They have the most options to be noticed, in my opinion, but they’re also the hardest to get any opportunities through.
Radish has no community feel to it whatsoever. It’s very disconnected and there doesn’t appear to be any commenting or feedback you can get. It seems to be almost entirely romance. They have promo areas but there aren’t things like genre profiles to be featured on, for example. But if you’re accepted, you’re automatically eligible to be paid, so long as your story meets their exclusivity (even if temporarily) requirements.
Inkitt is like a mix between the two. Not as interactive as Wattpad, more so than Radish though. Strongly romance, but I wouldn’t say as focused on it as Radish. Their comments aren’t utilized nearly as much as Wattpad, but the review system kinda sorta makes up for it. Their staff is really kind. And as long as you’re popular, here or elsewhere, it’s easy to get into their royalty program.